Joseph Beuys: Four Books in a Box to have U.S. release October, 2022

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Joseph Beuys: Four Books in a Box to have U.S. release October, 2022
Beuys in America / Periphery Workshop / Honey is flowing in all directions / The Principle of Economic Value. Edited by Klaus Staeck and Gerhard Steidl

NEW YORK, NY.- Four Books in a Box offers an insider’s view of some of Joseph Beuys' most original works and celebrates the extraordinary 18-year collaboration between Beuys, Klaus Staeck and Gerhard Steidl. German political graphic artist Staeck started working with Beuys as early as 1968, publishing the artist’s postcards, posters, screen-prints and multiples. In 1972 Steidl began printing and producing Beuys’ editions for Staeck. Staeck and Steidl furthermore installed the artist’s exhibitions and documented in photos and video many of his lectures, workshops and performances—on art, life, and “social sculpture,” Beuys’ theory that everything is art and everyone an artist.

Each volume in this boxed set explores a specific Beuys project: his infamous visit to America in 1974 Beuys in America, his installation Honeypump in the Workplace at documenta 6 in 1977 is documented in Honey is flowing in all directions, the Periphery Workshop at documenta 6, and the inaugural exhibition of Wirtschaftswerte, The Principle of Economic Value at the Museum of Fine Arts in Ghent in 1980.

Revealing the artist in full showman mode alongside more private moments, Four Books in a Box is a comprehensive look at Beuys the person and persona from those who knew him best.

Widely regarded as one of the most influential artists of the twentieth century, Joseph Beuys (1921–86) was a sculptor, draughtsman, action and installation artist, as well as a teacher, politician and activist. After serving as a soldier in World War II, experiences that would strongly shape his practice, he studied sculpture at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, where he was made professor in 1961. From the early 1960s Beuys dissolved the difference between his biography and art, and increasingly employed his persona and charisma in what he deemed art’s ultimate purpose: to radically democratize society. He called for the adoption of his universalist conception of art as a creative, transformative force within politics, science, philosophy and economics. Now as then Beuys exerts a palpable influence upon artistic and political discourse.

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